How To Tie Paracord Knots – Common Mistakes and Detailed Steps

Paracord is a type of thin rope which is widely used to connect a parachute to its harness. Since it’s lightweight and durable, it’s also very useful in survival situations while you travel or go camping. A simple way to keep it close wherever you go is making bracelets and wear on your wrist.

For this reason, many people are looking for how to tie paracord knots which are components of a bracelet. When the time comes, simply unravel your bracelets and get the full length of paracord.


Common Mistakes Beginners Often Make

If you’re just starting first steps in learning how to tie paracord knots, it's normal that you’ll make several mistakes over and over again. There are many things to remember, and here are some of them:

Wrong Ending Knot

Most paracord projects are ended with a knot to prevent loosening and unraveling. However, newbies tend to finish off their work with an overhand knot which is the first kind of knot they learn. Sadly, it makes their work look sloppy and ugly.

On the other hand, the lanyard knot is much more sturdy and professional. Also, there are other complex knots that I’ll show you later in this post.

Wrong End Melting

How To Tie Paracord Knots – Common Mistakes and Detailed Steps

This is a bad melted paracord join.  Via:

When it comes to melting two ends of a paracord in order to do a multi-color project, beginners often forget to press the ends tightly with fingers so that the transition is as small as possible. The result is that they receive a bad-looking join which can even scratch their skin.

Wrong Length

It’s hard to predict the right length of paracord you’ll need. Even in the case of professionals, they might cut either too short or too long cords. The best solution is to practice and be patient. Over time, you’ll be able to adjust your mindset and make a proper estimation

Moreover, a temporary solution is to go with excessiveness. You can cut the length to make it shorter, but you cannot add length to make it longer beautifully.

Learning How to Tie Paracord Knots

Now, you know what mistakes beginners often make. It’s time to start making some common kinds of knots. The step-by-step tutorials are as follow:

#1 The Cobra Knot


How To Tie Paracord Knots – Common Mistakes and Detailed Steps

This is one of the very first knots that most learners choose to start. A paracord and a buckle are all you need. The technique is simple:

  • Fold your cord in half and hold two ends close. Make sure you have a nice loop by running your hand down through it
  • Put both ends through the buckle’s bottom, and then through the loop. Then pull so that the loop travels up to your paracord. You have a very tight knot!
  • Repeat the same method, but this time do it through the buckle’s top.
  • Detach the buckle into two pieces. Now, you have a cord at the left and one at the right.
  • Take the right cord under the left one and back over to form a loop
  • Take the right cord over the left one and back over to form another loop
  • Repeat the two above steps respectively until you reach the full length of your cord. It’ll take quite a lot of time depending on the cord’s length
  • Tight the knot up. Now you have a nice bracelet!

Here is the video tutorial showing you how to do that clearly:

#2 The Lanyard Knot

Now we move to a more complicated knot, which is the Lanyard knot. When it’s complete, you’ll have a unique bracelet. The technique is as follow:

  • Fold your cord in half and put two middle fingers through the loop end. These fingers are used to replace the buckle
  • Make a loop with the right cord and lay it over the left one
  • Take the left cord underneath the right one, then through the loop so that it goes over the loop and underneath itself. When finished, the knot will look like a figure 8 with a diamond cut in the center
  • Take two ends, bring them around so that they go down and through the center of the diamond. You’ll move counterclockwise
  • Cinch up your knot. Your knot will be messy, so you’ll need to adjust other parts so that the whole structure looks neat and tight. Now you have the first complete knot

There are other steps in making other knots, but it’s too hard to describe. Thus, I provide you with a video showing you how to complete your project exactly.

#3 The Snake Knot

Bracelets made by snake knots are extremely durable. They’re beautiful if you use two paracords with contrasting colors. I choose one green and one white.

Here are steps you need to follow:

  • Fold the cord in half. Take the left cord and make a loop around the right one. Take the right one and put it through the loop
  • Tighten up your knot. Make sure the melting part is covered behind the knot for the better look
  • Loosen one of the cords attached to the loop so that you get 2 loops (the main loop as above and the new small one). Take the left cord, bring it behind the right one, and put its end through the new loop. Tighten up your knot again
  • Repeat the previous step, but this time, loosen the opposite cord
  • Repeat the two previous steps respectively until you reach the full length of your cord

Here’s the full video going through each step. Watch it to complete your project correctly:

#4 The Trilobite Knot

This kind of knot requires two paracords which are long and different in colors. As you fold each one in half, you’ll have to deal with four cords. This makes the trilobite knot very complicated. Using two colors not only improves the bracelet’s beauty but also help you see the pattern so that you won’t make any mistake.

The steps are as follow:

  • Join two paracords together by melting their ends just like the way you do with the snake knot
  • Fold your cords in half. Make sure you have a nice loop by running your hand down through it
  • Put the cords through a nail and adjust them so that they’re equal in length. While your core will be the two cords in the middle, your weaving material will be the two on the outsides
  • Take one of the outside cords, put it around the first inner one, and then under the two remaining cords.
  • Repeat the previous step, but each time, alternate between the middle cords until you reach the full length of them.

Here is the video tutorial showing you how to do that clearly:


Now you know how to tie paracord knots. Why don’t you go out, buy some cords and starting producing nice bracelets yourself? Is there any paracord knot that you want to share with us? Let us know in the comment box below! Thank you!

About the Author Abby Moore

My name is Abby Moore and I have always loved the outdoors. In the past, I would spend hours wandering from the ocean to the forest. These days I am lucky enough to be able to go on great camping adventures all over the world and share my experiences here on Below The Tent.

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